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  • Joe Ingles puts up another awesome line
    Joe Ingles was superb in 39 minutes against the Mavs on Friday, scoring 12 points with three rebounds, four assists, three steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He still is holding his lead for 3-point percentage. Although, coach Quin Snyder has talked about Ingles playing better defense, which has been a saving grace for him to get so much playing time. With a back-to-back coming up on Saturday, Ingles should still get some heavy burn against the Pacers. He should have some very nice value until Rodney Hood (knee) comes back. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:57 pm
  • Joe Johnson scores 15 points
    Joe Johnson scored 15 points with five rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Mavs on Friday.

    Advice: Joe Cool lived up to his old nickname with a clutch three to help earn this win. The Jazz went smaller more often in this one, so Johnson saw more than his 24 minutes from Monday. He could have some low-end value with Rodney Hood (knee) likely out another 1-2 weeks. He'll lose most of his value next month. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:52 pm
  • Gordon Hayward hurts hand, scores 26
    Gordon Hayward scored 26 points with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Mavs on Friday.

    Advice: He did hurt his hand and the team had to call timeout to stop the game because he was in so much pain. Hayward looked fine after that, but he sure does have a lot of hand injuries this year. Hayward has been wonderful since returning from a hand injury to start the year, posting third-round value per game on the season. He also ran the offense tonight in a no-PG lineup for eight minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:50 pm
  • Dorian Finney-Smith likely to get a bump
    Dorian Finney-Smith scored seven points with two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 14 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: On top of Dirk Nowitzki being back and Seth Curry playing well, Finney-Smith may have lost his starting job earlier this month because the Mavs actually had enough guard flexibility to move Matthews to the three. With J.J. Barea (calf) now gone for a while, that isn't the case anymore. We still wouldn't add DFS, but throw him on your watch list. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:37 pm
  • Brandon Ingram scores 15 w/ 3 steals, 3 treys
    Brandon Ingram scored 15 points with seven rebounds, two assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in Friday's win over the Pacers.

    Advice: Coach Luke Walton was impressed after the game and said Ingram is "progressing faster than a typical 19-year-old rookie." Ingram made another start in place of Luol Deng (wrist) tonight and hit 6-of-14 shots from the field in 33 minutes, so it looks like it's time to pick him up. Deng is likely day-to-day even though initial reports suggested he would be out a while, but Ingram should see plenty of minutes going forward no matter what. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:07 pm
  • Kent Bazemore scores just two points
    Kent Bazemore scored two points with two rebounds, three assists and one steal in 19 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: This was all about garbage time for Bazemore, who was actually playing well coming into this game. He's still only clinging to standard-league value in this recent uptick over his last nine, so he's still got some work to do for owners in standard leagues to feel confident in holding him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. gets 21 minutes
    Tim Hardaway Jr. scored nine points with three rebounds, three assists and three steals against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: That's two bad games in a row from the offensive side of things, but at least Hardaway Jr. brought it with some defensive output. He is slightly losing his grip as an asset in standard leagues, but we would still hold him for now unless it's for an irresistible free agent. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:02 pm
  • Doug McDermott scores just two
    Doug McDermott scored two points with three rebounds, one assist and three turnovers during a 102-93 loss to the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: All that momentum he built earlier this month is now gone. He's still not making treys and his defense is holding the team back. Maybe a lineup tweak helps him, but it's hard to count on McDermott night in and night out. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:59 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 19 on low usage
    Jimmy Butler scored 19 points on 6-of-8 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line in a 102-93 loss to the Hawks on Friday, adding three assists, one steal, four turnovers and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: From the "this does not compute" department, He had a 93.1 true shooting percentage and a 20.8 usage rate in this game. Butler needs the rock more and he should be in at least the upper 20s every game for usage rate -- he's at 27.8 on the season. The No. 1 alpha is still a top-10 player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic scores five points
    Nikola Mirotic made 1-of-6 from the field for five points with four rebounds, two assists and five fouls in 17 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: When Bad Mirotic shows up, he shows up in emphatic fashion. These are the breaks with him, but he is still worth owning in standard leagues unless there is an irresistible free agent out there. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Nick Young hits five treys, scores 15 points
    Nick Young (knee) returned from an injury scare in Friday's 108-96 win over the Pacers and scored 15 points in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He hyperextended his left knee in the second quarter, but X-rays were negative and he returned for the second half. Young was moving well and hit five 3-pointers with three rebounds, one assist and one steal, and while he did say his knee was "a little sore" after the game, he should be fine for Sunday's game vs. Dallas unless the Lakers want to be cautious. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 32 points in win at HOU
    Kevin Durant was on his A game during a 125-108 win in Houston on Friday, making 12-of-19 from the field for 32 points with four rebounds, seven assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was just awesome on the defensive end in what has been an underrated part of his game in his career. The Warriors also made all of their shots off KD passes today. Obviously, it's about his offense and you may need a microscope to spot a KD slump. Durant has turned in a true shooting percentage below 60 in two consecutive games in just one instance this year. That and the stats across the board make him fantasy's No. 1 player this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Paul George scores 21 points in loss
    Paul George scored 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting with six rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in Friday's loss to the Lakers.

    Advice: George's name has popped up in the rumor a couple times this season, but Pacers president Larry Bird reiterated his desire to keep PG-13 in Indiana for the long term. "Before the year started, I told Paul and I said, ‘Look, if you want to sign a long-term deal, we’re willing to do that max [contract] and if you want to wait, I understand.’ But this year, we’re not going to worry about it, we’re not going to talk about it and he’s going to make the decision that’s best for Paul when it comes down to it." George has a player option for the 2018-19 season, but his contract situation isn't a pressing issue right now and is not a concern for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Draymond Green fills it up in a win
    Draymond Green was key in the win over the Rockets on Friday, scoring 15 points with eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Dubs get all the credit for their offense, but their defense was a big reason why they won this game. Green actually only played eight minutes at the five in this game, which is somewhat surprising with how the Rockets count on perimeter scoring so much. Despite a three percent dip in usage and a four percent dip in true shooting percentage, Green is still a first-round value in standard leagues. It's not all about scoring, you guys. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • James Harden struggles in loss to Warriors
    James Harden scored 17 points with seven rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and seven turnovers against the Warriors during a 125-108 loss on Friday.

    Advice: It was a game to forget. The Warriors ability to switch so well really kept Harden in check to limit his open looks. Plus, Harden said the Rockets really missed Ryan Anderson (illness) tonight to help space the floor. Harden gets another bad matchup on Saturday in Memphis, but he's as matchup proof as it gets. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Thaddeus Young racks up five more steals
    Thaddeus Young racked up five more steals in Friday's loss to the Lakers, adding nine points (3-of-9 FGs), eight rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer 33 minutes.

    Advice: He's a thief and has racked up a ridiculous 20 steals over his last five games. He's averaging 10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 0.6 triples in that span, so the steals are really boosting his value right now. He gets a tough matchup vs. the Jazz on Saturday, but continue to roll him out there. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Sam Dekker looks good off the bench
    Sam Dekker scored 17 points with seven rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: With Ryan Anderson (illness) set to miss at least one game and probably more, Dekker could have some value in the next week. He's played better defense and coach Mike D'Antoni has used him at three different positions. He'll lose most of his short-term value once Ryno returns. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Tyreke Evans scores eight points in loss
    Tyreke Evans scored just eight points with four rebounds, no assists, two steals and one turnover in 13 minutes during a 143-114 blowout loss to the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: The last time we saw Evans play the Nets, he busted out for 29 points. Of course, that was because he was on fire and Anthony Davis was out. He's going to be off for a couple days, so we'll see if he gets an increase on his minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Dante Cunningham post a -32
    Dante Cunningham scored 14 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one block and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: In the plus-minus stat, he managed an incredible -32. Coach Alvin Gentry insists on starting him to help on switches and perimeter defense, but it's costing him in other areas. He's worth a look in deep leagues, but his low upside makes him a low-demand player. He's actually been decent, as a top-200 player lately. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Terrence Jones scores 13 points off bench
    Terrence Jones scored 13 points with eight rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 22 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Alvin Gentry is really just using Jones as a backup center behind Anthony Davis. With Davis banged up for the umpteenth time, Jones should still be held despite the dip in minutes. Besides, Jones has still flirted with standard league value even with Davis healthy for the most part. Just hold him and hope you hit the jackpot. In football terms, he's the Spencer Ware of handcuffs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Quincy Acy scores 12 points
    Quincy Acy scored a season-high 12 points with eight rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

    Advice: He was happy to get a second 10-day deal and he made the Nets feel good about it right off the bat. Acy plays mostly center for the Nets, so keep that in mind if Brook Lopez rests. He'll only be a desperation stream or punt in DFS best case. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson plays all PF
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 12 points with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 18 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

    Advice: The Nets actually played him at straight four in this game, but some of that was likely because Trevor Booker (rest) didn't play. Coach Kenny Atkinson really likes him as a combo forward and it helps with their tempo. Hollis-Jefferson hasn't really been sniffing value in standard leagues, but he's trending up a bit. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Nick Young (knee) starts second half Friday
    Nick Young (knee) started the second half of Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He hyperextended his left knee in the second quarter, but X-rays were negative and it sounds like he escaped with a minor tweak. Young is moving well as we report this, but check back after the game for an update. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Nick Young (left leg) to the locker room
    Nick Young limped to the locker room in the second quarter on Friday.

    Advice: He had a tweak to his left knee on a non-contact injury and couldn't put weight on it as he hopped off the floor. Young was in a lot of pain along the baseline for about two minutes before going back to the locker room. If he's out, Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams will be busy. We'll likely see more Jose Calderon and Brandon Ingram, as well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:29 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu comes off the bench
    Al-Farouq Aminu played 22 minutes off the bench against the 76ers on Friday with nine points, nine boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Blazers may have just wanted to be careful with Aminu, who has missed time two back and calf injuries this season. He's extremely important to their defense and has played much better as far as stats go. Aminu was a disaster to start the year, but he's put up eighth-round value in his last 10. Give him a look to see if his contributions help your team. We're expecting him to start in Boston on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:27 pm
  • Atkinson likes Rondae at the four
    Coach Kenny Atkinson said he thinks Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has helped the team and Hollis-Jefferson.

    Advice: "I think we envision him playing both positions," Atkinson said. "But we have been more skewed towards the four position and he’s adapted really well. A lot of second units now play small ball." With the Nets leading the NBA in pace and Caris LeVert pushing for minutes at the three, this move makes a lot of sense for Hollis-Jefferson. He still hasn't hit his peak yet, so he's more of a stash right now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:43 pm
  • Brandon Ingram adding extra shooting sessions
    Brandon Ingram has added extra shooting sessions before practice and before games in an effort to improve his shooting stroke and offensive efficiency.

    Advice: "If you put in the work, your numbers will get better," coach Luke Walton said. "It’s that simple. He continues to put in the work." The work has already started to pay off. Over the first 37 games of his rookie season, Ingram averaged 7.4 points while shooting 34.5 percent from the floor and 24.1 percent from 3-point territory. Over his most recent nine game this month, Ingram is averaging 11.7 points while shooting 48.6 percent from the floor and 47.8 percent from downtown. As the Lakers slip further away from playoff contention in the second half of the season, it is likely L.A.'s prized rookie will see an increase in playing time and scoring opportunities. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:55 am
  • Wes Johnson was reinstated from his suspension on Thursday January 19. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:29 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 34 points in win vs. DEN
    Kawhi Leonard was on fire yet again during a 118-104 win over the Nuggets on Thursday, scoring 34 points with five rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He earned an All-Star starting spot today, which was fairly obvious. Leonard has scored at least 30 points for five consecutive games, which has only been done by two other Spurs ever (George Gervin and Mike Mitchell). Coach Gregg Popovich had a very typical answer about Kawhi's play after the game. "Kawhi Leonard was super, but he's getting paid to be super," Pop said. Leonard is going to be super for a long time. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:24 pm
  • Brandon Ingram not starting just yet
    Coach Luke Walton said he has no plans to start Brandon Ingram.

    Advice: Walton said the team has been doing some extra workouts with Ingram to help his shooting. In the last nine games, Ingram posted a 56.7 effective field goal percentage on jumpers. That's a massive boost from the 30.9 eFG% in his NBA career before that stretch. He's trending up, but he's still only a stash. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:13 pm
  • Quincy Acy will sign another 10-day contract
    Quincy Acy will sign another 10-day contract with the Nets.

    Advice: Acy has made four brief appearances for the Nets, but he made a decent fist impression with averages of 6.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 7.5 minutes per game. Unless his role grows, fantasy owners can continue to ignore him. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:09 am
  • Paul George scores 24 points vs. Kings
    Paul George scored 24 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in a 106-100 win over the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: You could say this was the best win for the Pacers, coming back from a 22-point deficit to get a road win. The Pacers ended 2016 on a serious down note with five losses in their final six games. Well, 2017 has been the opposite, winning six of their first seven games. George is starting to trend up again with second-round value so far in 2017. He could flirt with first-round value going forward. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:05 pm
  • Hello Again: Kevin Durant gets 40 pts vs. OKC
    Kevin Durant was phenomenal against his former team on Wednesday, scoring a season-high 40 points (13-of-16 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs) with 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: "It's never going to be a regular game for me," Durant said prior to the game. "I'm sure it will [be emotional]. It's people I've been with for so long and to see them again, yeah, they'll be some emotions. But I've still got a job to do." He did his job at an MVP level tonight, playing with a little extra juice against Russell Westbrook and co., and he continues to hold off all challengers for No. 1 fantasy value in 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • James Harden scores 38 points in victory
    James Harden put on an offensive clinic during a 111-92 win over the Bucks on Wednesday, scoring 38 points with six rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: If you didn't see this game, you missed a great one with Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo going off. Antetokounmpo gave Harden some props after the game. "I think I can say right now he is the best player in the league," Giannis said. Harden has been surging over his last seven, averaging 34.3 points, 9.0 boards, 10.1 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 3.9 treys on 63.2 true shooting percentage. This game also moved him past Anthony Davis for No. 2 on the points per game leader board this season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:17 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. gets 10 pts w/ nothing else
    Tim Hardaway Jr. came off the bench on Wednesday with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting, two 3-pointers, one rebound, and no other stats in 19 minutes of action.

    Advice: He started for the Hawks on Monday, but that was only because Dwight Howard was being rested. THJ has been great this month, averaging 16.9 points and 2.9 triples on 54.2 percent shooting. He's worth deploying until he cools off, but be aware that he offers little beyond the scoring stats. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:06 pm
  • Tyreke Evans fills it up in just 20 minutes
    Tyreke Evans made the most of his 20 minutes vs. the Magic on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with five assists, four rebounds, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: New Orleans' offense ran wild tonight and Evans looked great once again -- over the past five games he's now averaging 17.0 points on 50.0 percent FGs and 92.9 percent FTs, 1.6 triples, 3.2 boards, 4.4 assists and 2.0 steals. He said he's "getting used to [a bench role], just coming off, being aggressive," and he needs to be in your active lineups in light of his recent success. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:04 pm
  • Terrence Jones plays 18 minutes off bench
    Terrence Jones played just 18 minutes off the bench vs. Orlando, finishing with seven points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Jones also had a steal and a block, so it wasn't altogether terrible for fantasy purposes. The playing time is a concern, but with Donatas Motiejunas basically out of the rotation we expect T-Jones to see more run vs. the Nets on Friday. If you've owned him for any stretch of time this season, you already know that a ton of patience is required. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:03 pm
  • Dante Cunningham hits 7-of-11 FGs for 14 pts
    Dante Cunningham earned another start for the Pelicans on Wednesday, posting 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting with five rebounds and no other stats in 27 minutes.

    Advice: The veteran came in shooting 38.9 percent this season, and he's typically a vacant fantasy option no matter how many minutes he gets. He belongs on the wire. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:01 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu chips in across the board
    Al-Farouq Aminu shot just 2-of-7 for seven points on Wednesday, but he also had seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Moe Harkless had a similarly subtle line, with nine points, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer. Mason Plumlee added 10 boards, eight points and three swats tonight, but the end result was another defeat. The Blazers are 6-16 over the past six weeks and they've fallen a full game behind Denver for the No. 8 seed. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:54 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. will come off the bench Weds
    Tim Hardaway Jr. will come off the bench Wednesday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: The Hawks will roll out a starting five featuring Dennis Schroder, Thabo Sefolosha, Kent Bazemore, Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard (rest), but Hardaway should still be able to flirt with minutes in the 30s regardless of how he enters the game. He's been averaging 16.9 points and 2.9 triples per contest through the month of January, so he's worth owning while he's this hot. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:47 pm
  • Brandon Ingram stuffs the stat sheet in loss
    Brandon Ingram moved into the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets and stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: This was arguably one of his best games as a pro. Ingram finished 6-of-14 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line with zero turnovers. With Luol Deng (wrist) out indefinitely, Ingram is looking at 30+ minutes per night moving forward. We'd like to see him do it again because he was averaging 10.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 3-pointer in his previous nine January games, and there are a couple of better fantasy pickups around the league including Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers. If those guys are unavailable, give Ingram a look, but expect some bumps in the road. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:16 pm
  • Doug McDermott turns into pumpkin Tuesday
    Doug McDermott hit just 3-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, six rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: McBuckets finally got hot on Sunday, hitting 9-of-16 shots for a season-high 31 points, six rebounds and three 3-pointers, but turned back into a pumpkin on Tuesday night. If you throw out his 31-point explosion, he hasn't scored more than eight points in his last five games and hit just 10-of-41 shots in those games. Maybe Sunday's game will eventually get him going, but it certainly didn't happen tonight against the Mavs. He's still a borderline player to own in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:14 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic plays 22 minutes in return
    Nikola Mirotic returned from an illness on Tuesday and had six points, five rebounds, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Not a bad line from Mirotic, who also benefitted from the absence of Taj Gibson, who was out with an ankle injury. The song remains the same with Miro - he'll have some big games and some bad games, so catching him on the right night can be tough. But if Gibson's ankle injury lingers, Mirotic will be someone worth picking up, while he could also bounce back for a decent second half, with or without Gibson. Mirotic is the textbook definition of a borderline player to own in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:09 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 34 w/ 7 boards, 5 dimes
    Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points on 12-of-17 shooting in Tuesday's 122-114 win over the Wolves.

    Advice: He's unfair. This was Leonard's 12th 30-point game of the season and his fourth in a row, becoming the first Spur to score 30+ points in four straight since Tim Duncan in Jan. 2004. The Claw added seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and two triples, and he also finished 8-of-9 from the free throw line. There's no reason why he shouldn't be a top-5 option in standard leagues the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:08 pm
  • Jimmy Butler just misses triple-double
    Jimmy Butler hit just 5-of-12 shots but also knocked down a Harden-esque 14-of-16 free throws on his way to 24 points, nine rebounds, 12 assists and a steal, just missing his first triple-double of the season.

    Advice: Butler has been back for three games since dealing with an illness and hasn't missed a beat. He also hasn't committed more than three turnovers in any of his last three games, which adds to his stellar efficiency rating. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:53 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scores 14 points
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting in Tuesday's loss to Toronto.

    Advice: This was his second game in a row with 14 points, but he played 26 minutes this time compared to 17 on Sunday. He also added eight rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal in one of his better games of the season. A recent report by Zack Lowe of ESPN indicated that the Nets are "willing" to listen to offers for the second-year wing, but he's one of the few building blocks on the roster and a move away from Brooklyn would likely be a bad thing for his value -- he has a great path to extended minutes on the Nets. To be clear, a trade seems very unlikely and RHJ looks like a nice stash for the second half of the season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:18 pm
  • Brandon Ingram will start on Tuesday
    Brandon Ingram will start on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Luol Deng (wrist) is considered out indefinitely, so the rookie is looking at a hefty workload going forward. As a starter this season, Ingram has posted averages of 9.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.6 blocks and 0.7 triples in 11 games. We'll let you know how he fares tonight. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:12 pm
  • Sam Dekker plays 25 minutes in loss
    Sam Dekker played 25 minutes and hit 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for eight points, seven rebounds and two assists in Tuesday's loss to the Heat.

    Advice: He saw some extra minutes with Ryan Anderson out with an illness, but will return to his normal (read: fewer) minutes with Anderson due back quickly from the flu. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:12 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (illness) will play Tuesday
    Nikola Mirotic (illness) will play Tuesday vs. the Mavs.

    Advice: Mirotic, who has missed four straight games due to strep throat, has been a disappointment this season, averaging career-lows in points (9.5), assists (0.8), field goal percentage (.387), 3-point percentage (.312) and free-throw percentage (.758). Hopefully, he can bounce back in the second half of the season to salvage his 2016-17 campaign. Mirotic's return will cut into Doug McDermott's minutes and likely knock Bobby Portis out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:11 am
  • Joe Johnson returned to action on Monday January 16. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:41 am
  • Joe Johnson scores 15 in Hood's absence
    Joe Johnson hit 5-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 15 points, four rebounds and one assist in Monday's win 106-101 win over the Suns.

    Advice: Johnson is getting extra run with Rodney Hood out for a couple weeks with a knee injury, although Joe Ingles is the new starter. Johnson scored 10 points in the fourth quarter and hit a huge 3-pointer to put the Jazz up one with just 42 seconds remaining. Johnson and the Jazz have two more games this week, so picking him (and/or Ingles) up might make sense, if you have someone you don't mind dropping. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:13 pm
  • Joe Ingles scores 11 in start for Jazz
    Joe Ingles started for Rodney Hood (knee) and hit 4-of-6 shots and three 3-pointers for 11 points, two rebounds, five assists and two steals in 34 minutes of Monday's 106-101 win over the Suns.

    Advice: The Jazz play two more times this week, meaning Ingles should have at least a couple more starts in him with Hood out for at least a couple weeks. If you have dead weight you want to cut to take advantage of Ingles' new opportunity, go for it. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:00 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 21 on 9-of-16 FGs
    Kevin Durant scored 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting in Monday's win over the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Durant had three blocks on the night including a massive rejection on a LeBron James dunk attempt (link below). He added six rebounds, five assists, two steals and three triples, but only played 29 minutes in the blowout win. Durant should be a popular DFS target on Wednesday vs. Russell Westbrook and the Thunder. The last time those two teams met, Durant had 39 points on 15-of-24 shooting. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:50 pm
  • Draymond Green triple-doubles in win vs. Cavs
    Draymond Green triple-doubled in an easy 126-91 win over the Cavaliers on Monday, scoring 11 points with 13 rebounds and 11 assists.

    Advice: This was his third triple-double of the season and the 17th of his career. Green was incredible on the defensive end, racking up one steal and matching his career-high with five blocks. He didn't have a single turnover in 35 minutes and finished 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from the stripe in one of his best lines of the season. The Warriors will go for their fifth straight win on Wednesday vs. the Thunder. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:43 pm
  • Wes Johnson (personal) ruled out Monday
    Wes Johnson (personal) will not play on Monday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Johnson is only averaging 13.8 minutes over his last five games, so this won't have many fantasy implications. Alan Anderson could pick up a few extra minutes in his absence, but shouldn't be trusted in any format. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:37 pm
  • Joe Ingles will start Monday vs. Phoenix
    Joe Ingles will move into the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Suns, with Rodney Hood (knee) unavailable.

    Advice: Hood is expected to miss the next two weeks of action, so Ingles is worth a look in most leagues if you've got someone to cut. In three starts this season, Ingles has compiled averages of 13.7 points, 4.7 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.0 triples per contest on 56.0 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:55 pm
  • Terrence Jones scores 15 w/ 8 boards
    Terrence Jones returned to the bench on Monday vs. the Pacers, but looked great with 15 points (6-of-13 FGs), eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one triple in 26 minutes.

    Advice: To the surprise of no one, coach Alvin Gentry started Dante Cunningham, but the forward predictably flopped once again with three points in 31 minutes. Gentry's handling of Jones' minutes has been incredibly frustrating, but he may be forced to roll with Jones for extended minutes with Anthony Davis leaving the game with a back injury. Jones was worth owning before Davis went down, so make sure he's not sitting on your wire as we await further news on The Brow's status. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:43 pm
  • Dante Cunningham scores three points in start
    Dante Cunningham moved into the starting lineup on Monday vs. the Pacers, but scored just three points on 1-of-7 shooting in 31 minutes.

    Advice: We have no idea why coach Alvin Gentry insists on giving Cunningham this type of workload, but it could be his downfall. The forward added just two rebounds, one steal and a triple, while Terrence Jones had 15 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a triple in 26 minutes off the bench. Even with Anthony Davis (back) going down, Cunnigham isn't worth adding in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:36 pm
  • Tyreke Evans scores 12 points in loss
    Tyreke Evans scored 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting in Monday's loss to the Pacers.

    Advice: Evans appeared to bang his surgically-repaired left knee on the floor after a layup attempt and he was seen rubbing it, but he was able to carry on and didn't appear to be limited. Evans' owners are going to freak out whenever they hear about his left knee, but it sounds like he escaped with just a bruise. He added five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 23 minutes, and he could be looking at a larger role if Anthony Davis (back) is forced to miss any time -- the last time Davis missed a game, Evans went off for a season-high 29 points with four rebounds, three assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:30 pm
  • Paul George scores 19 points in win
    Paul George scored 19 points in Monday's win over the Pelicans, but only shot 6-of-17 from the field.

    Advice: PG-13 added six assists, five rebounds, two steals, two triples and three turnovers in 34 minutes, but he's really cooled off in his last three games. He's averaging 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.6 triples in that span, shooting a combined 15-of-45 from the field (33.3 percent). He has two cupcake matchups against the Kings and Lakers up next, so expect him to get it going sooner rather than later. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:20 pm
  • Thaddeus Young racks up six steals in win
    Thaddeus Young racked up six steals in Monday's win over the Pelicans, finishing with 17 points, three rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Young was poked in the left eye tonight, but it only cost him a couple minutes and he looked fine down the stretch. This was his eighth career game with 6+ steals (his career high is eight steals) and his second in the span of a week, so this wasn't a complete fluke. He finished 8-of-9 from the field and hit his only free throw in one of the best fantasy lines of the day. He gets another favorable matchup vs. the Kings on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:13 pm
  • Thaddeus Young (eye) available to return
    Thaddeus Young (eye) is available to return to Monday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Jrue Holiday inadvertently poked Young in the left eye, but after being examined in the locker room, he was deemed available to return. He should be fine. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:57 pm
  • Kent Bazemore may be heating up again
    Kent Bazemore kept it going during a win over the Knicks on Monday, scoring 16 points with six rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't shoot the ball well, making just 5-of-13 from the field. Bazemore is playing with more confidence these days and had a big 24-point effort on Sunday. Theoretically, he should have seen a bump in productivity with Kyle Korver gone and it wasn't happening until recently. Maybe now he gets it going, so go ahead and pick him up after his breakout 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:38 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. scores 20 points vs. NY
    Tim Hardaway scored 20 points in a start against the Knicks on Monday, adding three rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Revenge game? Hardaway Jr.'s team got a big win at MSG to make them 9-1 in their last 10. Even though he may not start going forward, Hardaway Jr. has been terrific since the Kyle Korver trade. While he may be traded as a restricted free agent this summer, he has to be owned in standard leagues with his recent play. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:22 pm
  • Terrence Jones to return to the bench vs. IND
    Terrence Jones will return to the bench for Monday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: Dante Cunningham will get the start today, and Jones value will take a hit with the move back to the bench. As a reserve this season, Jones owns averages of 9.3 points, 5.5 boards and 1.0 block per game, so he's not a great guy to utilize in daily leagues today. He's still a solid stash, though. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:41 pm
  • Cunningham starting, Jones to the bench
    Dante Cunningham will return to the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with the Pacers, sending Terrence Jones back to the bench.

    Advice: Alvin Gentry just loves Cunningham, but there's nothing to like about his production in fantasy hoops. Jrue Holiday, Buddy Hield, Solomon Hill and Anthony Davis will join Cunningham in the starting five for today's matinee, and Jones' value will take a hit with the demotion to the second unit. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:37 pm
  • Revenge: Tim Hardaway Jr. will start vs. NYK
    Tim Hardaway Jr. will move into the starting lineup for Monday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Revenge game! Dwight Howard is resting, so the Hawks are going to go small with Paul Millsap at center. THJ was already trending up before this news with averages of 16.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 3.0 triples per game in January, so give him a look if those numbers mesh well with your fantasy team. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:50 am
  • Hoiberg still confident in Doug McDermott
    Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg encouraged Doug McDermott to shoot with confidence before Sunday's game vs. Memphis.

    Advice: "The big thing for Doug is to trust it," Hoiberg said. "We have a lot of confidence in Doug. Everyone in this organization does. He needs to continue to take them when they’re there. We need him to make shots. When he and Nikola [Mirotic] are shooting the ball well, we generally play well.’’ McDermott responded with a career-high 31 points in the win over the Grizzlies after a brutal four-game slump, but McBuckets is just a 3-point specialist in standard leagues until he proves that he can string several good performances together. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:01 am
  • Doug McDermott scores career-high 31 points
    Doug McDermott scored 20 of his career-high 31 points during in the second quarter of Sunday's road win in Charlotte, finishing 9-of-16 from the field and 10-of-11 from the line.

    Advice: McDermott caught fire in the first half and helped the Bulls escape with a 108-104 road win, benefiting from extra minutes with Nikola Mirotic (illness) unavailable tonight. The third-year SF out of Creighton has had some nice moments over the past month, but tonight's eruption (against a tough Grizzlies' defense) doesn't necessarily make him worth owning. He added six boards, one steal and one block tonight, but for standard-league purposes he's only worth owning if you need a 3-point specialist. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:18 pm
  • Quincy Acy plays 20 minutes vs. Rockets
    Quincy Acy played 20 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Rockets, finishing with seven points, four boards, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Acy is a combined 3-of-4 from deep since joining the Nets on Jan. 10, but perimeter shooting isn't a facet of his game we expect to see with regularity. He was also averaging just 3.0 minutes in his previous two appearances for Brooklyn, with a DNP-CD to his credit, and there's no reason to consider him in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:26 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson plays well vs Houston
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 14 points (5-of-8 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) during Sunday's home loss to the Rockets, adding seven boards, three steals and two assists.

    Advice: RHJ also committed five turnovers and he played just 17 minutes in the blowout loss, but at least he was active while on the court tonight. He's an interesting rest-of-season target, since the Nets are likely to emphasize the development of their young guys, but most owners should wait before stashing him. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:25 pm
  • James Harden gets 12th triple-double Sunday
    James Harden posted another triple-double on Sunday, his 12th of the season, with 22 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, four 3-pointers, one steal and one block.

    Advice: The Rockets scored 74 points in the first half, matching a season-high, and they finished with 137 points in a high-scoring rout in Brooklyn. Harden trails Russell Westbrook's 19 triple-doubles, but he leads the league with 35 double-doubles. Any way you slice it, he's been amazing in both reality and fantasy. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:08 pm
  • Sam Dekker (shoulder) looks good in 17 mins
    Sam Dekker (strained left shoulder) posted eight points on 4-of-5 shooting vs. the Nets on Sunday, adding three assists, one rebound and one steal in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Dekker didn't miss any time with the injury, but even at full strength he's an unappealing fantasy asset in standard leagues. In Houston's previous five games, the second-year forward was averaging just 5.8 points on 38.5 percent shooting, 1.2 threes, 3.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.6 steals. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:01 pm
  • Kent Bazemore scores team-high 24 points
    Kent Bazemore scored a team-high 24 points in 28 minutes during Sunday's home win, making 8-of-13 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs with two rebounds, two steals and one assist.

    Advice: Four of Bazemore's makes came from downtown and this is the first time he's scored 20 points since Nov. 30, so it was a welcome if wholly unexpected outburst. His shot has been awful all season, at a career-low 36.5 percent, and we'll need to see him sustain some efficiency before fully buying in. That said, Bazemore has enough proven upside to be worth a look if you need a swingman. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:53 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic could return on Tuesday
    Coach Fred Hoiberg is "hopeful" that Nikola Mirotic (illness) will play on Tuesday against Dallas.

    Advice: Mirotic has missed four games due to the illness, which appears to be strep throat. Prior to the issue, he averaged 25.8 minutes, 10.8 points, four rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game in the month of January. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:43 pm
  • Sam Dekker (left shoulder strain) will play
    Sam Dekker (left shoulder strain) will play on Sunday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: He picked up the injury at the end of Friday's game and was held out of practice on Saturday, but he's good to go tonight and there's no word of any restrictions. Dekker is averaging 5.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 triple through the first seven games of January. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:37 am
  • Joe Ingles scores eight points in 10 mins
    Joe Ingles scored eight points with two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 10 minutes against Orlando on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not see much run in this contest, but Rodney Hood (knee) suffered a hyperextended knee tonight, so Ingles could be in for a larger role if Hood misses. In the five games that Hood has missed this season, Ingles is averaging 33.4 minutes, 15.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.6 steals, while making 17 3-pointers during that stretch. He can be considered a DFS value play if Hood is out. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:46 pm
  • Ka-Wow: Kawhi Leonard scores career-high 38
    Kawhi Leonard exploded for a career-high 38 points during a 108-105 loss to the Suns in Mexico on Saturday, adding four rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: It's almost shocking to see the Spurs lose a game when Kawhi turns in his best offensive game, but he got very little help. Leonard has now scored 30-plus points for three straight games for the first time in his career. Leonard is also three games shy of tying Tim Duncan's franchise record for consecutive games with double-digit scoring. Leonard has an absolutely absurd 77.9 true shooting percentage in his last three as the hottest scorer in the NBA. Oh and he's a good defender. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:42 pm
  • Jimmy Butler fills the stat sheet in return
    Jimmy Butler filled it up across the board during a 107-99 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, scoring 28 points with eight rebounds, six assists, four steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: This comes after missing about 2.5 games due to an illness and Butler kicked this game off with a 12-minute first. He's arguably the most valuable player to his team than anyone based on how terrible the Bulls are without him while he leads the Eastern Conference in real plus-minus wins. Butler gets a really bad matchup against the Grizzlies on Sunday, but Jimmy G. Buckets has gone off in bad matchups before and his usage will be massive with Dwyane Wade (rest) out. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:15 pm
  • Doug McDermott scores just eight
    Doug McDermott scored eight points with seven rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in 20 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Fred Hoiberg doesn't quite trust him as much as he did earlier this month when he was going no-PG lineups late and only giving him three fourth-quarter minutes. McDermott should be in a fantastic spot on Sunday with Nikola Mirotic (illness) and Dwyane Wade (rest) out, so the opportunity will be there. While he has been bad, it's worth a mention Hoiberg said McBuckets made "about 30 in a row" in a workout on Friday. He's a borderline cut, but you may want to wait to see what happens on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:02 pm
  • Tyreke Evans scores 14 points
    Tyreke Evans made 6-of-15 from the field 14 points with one rebound, six assists, one steal and one turnover in 22 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: Bad shooting line aside, Evans really does look great. He's run the offense for most of his minutes while he's out there and he's playing three positions in the process. There's a massive injury risk on Evans going forward, but his owners can start using him as a must-start player when active. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:18 pm
  • Dante Cunningham scores seven points
    Dante Cunningham scored seven points with five rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes off the bench against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: He was the first forward sub of the game and checked in for Terrence Jones, so coach Alvin Gentry may see him in that role going forward. Cunningham needs a ridiculous amount of minutes to have value in even deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:00 pm
  • Joe Johnson (rest) will not play on Saturday
    Joe Johnson (rest) will not play on Saturday against the Magic.

    Advice: The Jazz have consistently held him in the upper teens since they've been healthy. The Jazz used Dante Exum for the first time in a while on Friday and he looked pretty good, so he's likely just going to slot into Johnson's minutes tonight. Alec Burks will also be in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:25 pm
  • Terrence Jones gets 34 minutes in his start
    Terrence Jones made a start next to Anthony Davis on Saturday against the Bulls, scoring nine points with eight rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The bad news is the Pelicans were smashed on the glass and they lost this game, but the rotation is encouraging. The other centers didn't play, Jones soaked up the remaining nine minutes as the backup center, and he was staggered a bit with Davis. Considering the Pelicans are -23.1 in net rating in their minutes without both AD and TJ, you would think Jones would get major minutes as a starter to shorten up the second unit minutes without both. We know coach Alvin Gentry is tough to trust, but Jones has to be added in all standard leagues with his upside. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:22 pm
  • Nick Young scores 11 points
    Nick Young scored 11 points with one steal and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: His minutes have taken a hit this month, but some of that is due to the Lakers being blown out for three games in a row. Coach Luke Walton still is trusting Young's defense and he asked him to chase around J.J. Redick in this game. He's almost certainly past his peak on the season and has slowed down in his last five, averaging 6.8 points, 1.2 boards, 0.6 assists and 1.4 treys on just 27.5 percent from the field. If you want to cut him for an upward-trending free agent, go for it. We would cut him for someone like Terrence Jones in a second. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:09 pm
  • Brandon Ingram plays really well in loss
    Brandon Ingram scored 14 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: With Luol Deng resting, Ingram started the second half. He's playing a lot better and it has a lot to do with his shot selection. Ingram is open more on his jumper lately and he's also been very good close to the basket, making 64.0 percent on his shots within eight feet in his previous 10 -- that accounts for 38 percent of his total. Ingram is trending up, but his standalone value isn't that great right now. He should have solid value in about a month and is worth a pickup in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:53 pm
  • Brandon Ingram starts 3Q over Lou
    Brandon Ingram started the third quarter over Lou Williams on Saturday.

    Advice: The Lakers were torched in the first half and were down 19 at half, so that's likely the reasoning here. There's no reason to react to this news from a fantasy perspective. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:55 pm
  • Terrence Jones expected to start next to AD
    Terrence Jones is expected to start next to Anthony Davis (hip) against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: Could it be? Could coach Alvin Gentry finally be starting his best two big men together? As we've said all season, the Pelicans have a +5.9 net rating with the Jones-Davis lineup while AD is -2.0 without TJ. Maybe, just maybe this move sticks. Make sure Jones isn't on your wire just in case it does. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:07 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic ruled out for Sunday night
    Nikola Mirotic (illness) will not play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

    Advice: He has a really, really bad case of something with now four games out of the lineup. Mirotic being out should open up minutes for Doug McDermott as the second-unit shooter, but McDermott has been awful lately. If things change on Saturday, maybe Bobby Portis gets a look. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:31 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (illness) will play on Saturday
    Jimmy Butler (illness) will play on Saturday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: The Bulls will be monitoring his minutes. He's missed about 2.5 games due to his illness and he's lost 10 pounds from being sick. The Bulls even ran some practice yesterday to get Butler some run due to the time off. Butler may be limited with so much time off, but obviously get him in your season long lineups. Paul ZIpser, Doug McDermott and the point guards take hits. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:18 pm
  • Sam Dekker (shoulder) questionable for Sunday
    Sam Dekker (left shoulder strain) is questionable for Sunday's game at Brooklyn.

    Advice: Dekker has played in all 42 the Rockets games this season, averaging 6.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in 18.6 minutes per contest. Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson and Corey Brewer would likely see more minutes than usual if Dekker does not play Sunday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:09 am
  • James Harden scores 27 points in loss
    James Harden scored 27 points in a 110-105 home loss to the Grizzlies on Friday, adding three rebounds, nine assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Coach Mike D'Antoni was a little late on putting Harden back in during this game, which may have been a factor in the loss. The Rockets are now on their first losing streak of the season, but you can bet they'll be snapping out of it in Brooklyn on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:29 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. scores 23 points
    Tim Hardway Jr. scored 23 points with two rebounds, two assists, one block, three steals and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: We have a four-game sample on Hardaway post-Kyle Korver and it's going well. In those four, he averaged 17.0 points, 3.0 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.3 treys. That's good enough to make him a top-50 player in that span. Yeah, he won't be this good, but he has to be picked up in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:37 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (illness) questionable vs. NO
    Jimmy Butler (illness) is questionable to play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: The Bulls have missed Butler badly since he had an illness, losing their last three games. For the advanced stats crowd, Butler is first in real plus-minus wins because the Bulls are flat-out awful when he's on the bench. If he can't play again, Dwyane Wade should carry the offense while Rajon Rondo should be in the rotation again. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:34 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (illness) out for Saturday
    Nikola Mirotic (illness) will not play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: This will be his third game out of the lineup with his very bad illness. With him out, it was Paul Zipser getting the start while Bobby Portis also saw some late minutes in a close game. Doug McDermott could also benefit, but he's been in a brutal slump. Mirotic is still a stash. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:29 pm
  • Doug McDermott says he's fine mentally
    Doug McDermott said he's fine mentally and is "just not making shots right now."

    Advice: After the Bulls were closing with him earlier this month in no-PG sets, the fact that Paul Zipser closed out the game on Thursday over McDermott is a really bad sign. He's had his biggest chance of his career lately, but made just 18.2 percent from the field in his last three. McDermott has certainly been open on his treys with only getting contested on 17.4 percent of those, so he just needs to knock shots down. Maybe he bounces back on Saturday, so his owners should give him one more game unless there is something irresistible on the wire. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:05 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 25 on 10-of-15 shooting
    Kevin Durant hit 10-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers for 25 points, six rebounds, nine assists and a steal in Thursday's blowout 127-107 win over the Pistons.

    Advice: He stayed in the game for a lot of fourth-quarter garbage time when Stephen Curry and most other starters were resting, giving him a nice boost in DFS. This was one of Durant's most efficient games of the season, but then again, it's also just a good example of what he does. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:11 pm
  • Draymond Green scores 2 with 13 dimes
    Draymond Green missed all four of his shots and scored just two points on Thursday, but also had nine rebounds, 13 assists and two blocks in 30 minutes of Thursday's blowout win over the Suns.

    Advice: The bottom line is that Dray simply doesn't need to score on this team and he tied his season low with two points tonight. But he can also score when necessary and was averaging 10.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 2.1 steals, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 3-pointers per game coming into this one. That's awfully close to triple-double territory, which is why he's still one of the top players in fantasy despite not being much of a scorer on a stacked team. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:09 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 31 points on 13 FGAs
    Kawhi Leonard was on fire early in a 134-94 win over the Lakers on Thursday, making 10-of-13 from the field for 31 points with two rebounds, two assists, two steals, three 3-pointers and no turnovers in just 26 minutes.

    Advice: His 24 points in the first half was a career high and he also made 8-of-9 from the line for some magnificent efficiency. Leonard became the only player to score at least 30 points in fewer than 29 minutes in multiple games this season -- he scored 30 in 27 minutes on Dec. 10. His offense may have caught up to his defense. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:04 pm
  • Brandon Ingram scores nine in 32 minutes
    Brandon Ingram scored nine points with two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: The sprained wrist injury clearly didn't affect his playing time -- it is to his non-shooting wrist. Ingram said he was only dealing with some discomfort and didn't even notice the injury the day of on Wednesday, so he should be fine going forward. The more the Lakers lose, the better Ingram's fantasy value will be. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:18 pm
  • Tyreke Evans busts out with 29 points vs. BK
    Tyreke Evans turned in his best game since his knee surgery in a 104-95 win over the Nets on Thursday, scoring a season-high 29 points with four rebounds, three assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played a season-high 28 minutes, made all seven from the line and hit 10-of-15 from the field. After the game, Evans talked about all his work he's put in to recover from knee surgery. "I'm still trying to strengthen my knee up. It shows the hard work I'm putting in," Evans said. The minutes limit should still be there, but Evans' fantasy owners have to love this. HIs 29 points are the most scored by a Pelican not named Anthony Davis. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:12 pm
  • Terrence Jones goes off with 24 points in win
    Terrence Jones carried the Pelicans frontcourt in a win over the Nets on Thursday, scoring 24 points with 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Why oh why doesn't coach Alvin Gentry play him more? He obviously stepped up because of Anthony Davis (hip) not playing, but the Jones-Davis lineup has been effective for the Pelicans. Plus, the true centers have been really bad. Jones played just 30 minutes combined in the previous two and Davis could be back for Saturday, but it's kind of hard to leave him on the wire in almost any league. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:06 pm
  • Doug McDermott goes 0-for-5 in 17 minutes
    Doug McDermott came off the bench and played just 17 minutes, missing all five of his shots and scoring just two points in Thursday's 104-89 loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: After hitting 6-of-9 shots for 17 points on Jan. 4, McBuckets has hit just 10-of-39 shots over his last four games, scoring seven or fewer in his last three. Coach Fred Hoiberg said after the game that McDermott's too good a shooter to stay in this funk for much longer, but if he was actually owned in your league prior to this week, he's likely been dropped. Just keep an eye on him, as he's not a must-own player. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:54 pm
  • Dante Cunningham comes off the bench
    Dante Cunningham moved to the bench on Thursday against the Nets, finishing with four points, five boards and one steal.

    Advice: Maybe, just maybe coach Alvin Gentry will start playing Terrence Jones over Cunningham more now. Cunningham isn't worth owning in almost any league regardless. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:49 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson moves to the bench
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson moved back to the bench against the Pelicans on Thursday, scoring four points with four rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in 18 minutes.

    Advice: The minutes haven't been there for RHJ. He's been squeezed out a bit for small forward minutes, but coach Kenny Atkinson has used him more at the four. Hollis-Jefferson will likely get minutes later in the season, so he's more of a stash right now. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:12 pm
  • Brandon Ingram will play on Thursday night
    Brandon Ingram (wrist) will play on Thursday night against the Spurs.

    Advice: X-rays were negative on Ingram's left wrist. He didn't realize he hurt it on Wednesday and had a precautionary X-ray after dealing with some soreness today. Expect Ingram to play minutes in the uppers 20s. He is more of a stash in standard leagues, but he is playing a lot better lately. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:20 pm
  • Brandon Ingram sprains wrist, getting X-ray
    Brandon Ingram sprained his left wrist at practice on Wednesday and will be getting X-rays.

    Advice: He certainly has a chance to miss tonight's game against the Spurs. We don't have many details now, but the Lakers are usually terrific with sharing news on their injured players. If he's out, we should see more three-guard lineups and Luol Deng. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:21 pm
  • Dante Cunningham moves to the bench
    Dante Cunningham will move to the bench against the Nets on Thursday.

    Advice: He should still be in the rotation tonight, but obviously fantasy owners shouldn't be looking his way. Cunningham will need a lot to happen to have consistent fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:10 pm
  • Terrence Jones, Omer Asik will start vs. BK
    Terrence Jones and Omer Asik will get the start against the Nets on Thursday.

    Advice: With Anthony Davis' 37.1 minutes, 33.6 usage rate and 17.1 rebounding rate out of the picture, there are a lot of stats up for grabs against the NBA's fastest team. The last time AD was out, we saw TJ score 18 points in 26 minutes in a tough matchup against the Clippers, so he should be a nice option in DFS tonight. We'll see how much Donatas Motiejunas plays, as well. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:07 pm
  • Paul George scores just 10 points in loss
    Paul George had a brutal game in London against the Nuggets in a 140-112 loss on Thursday, making 2-of-12 from the field for 10 points with four rebounds, three assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: On top of the horrible offensive game, George was lost several times on the defensive end. We see a lot of teams come out flat when they play overseas, so feel free to chalk this dud up to that. George was shooting the ball really well over his last six games with a 50.0 field goal percentage, so expect him to get it going again on Monday against the Pelicans. He gets four games next week after just getting one this week. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:23 pm
  • Thaddeus Young puts up a dud
    Thaddeus Young scored just four points with four rebounds, two assists and one block in 28 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Advice: Wilson Chandler took him to school throughout this game. Young's offensive game was coming around in his previous 10 with 13.2 points per game to go with his 7.1 boards and 2.2 steals on 50.5 percent from the field. Young should continue to be a mid-round guy in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:21 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (illness) targeting Saturday
    Jimmy Butler (illness) is feeling better and is targeting Saturday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: He stayed home in Chicago and has already been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Knicks. Butler will try to hit the gym today, so it sounds like he's doing a lot better. If his owners are lucky, Butler could play on Saturday vs. the Pelicans and Sunday vs. the Grizzlies to salvage a frustrating week. Jerian Grant and Denzel Valentine will lose most of their value when Butler comes back. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:16 am
  • James Harden's 33/12/6 not enough vs. MIN
    James Harden racked up 33 points, 12 assists and six rebounds in a losing effort vs. the Wolves on Wednesday, making 10-of-23 field goals and 11-of-13 free throws.

    Advice: Harden has been ridiculous lately with five triple-doubles in his last seven games, and tonight was no exception -- in addition to the points, boards and assists, he added two blocks, one steal and a pair of 3-pointers. Incredibly, this was Houston's first loss in the second of back-to-back games all season, dropping them to 9-1 in such situations. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:01 pm
  • Jimmy Butler ruled out again for Thursday
    Jimmy Butler (illness) will not play on Thursday night against the Knicks.

    Advice: Jimmy Minutes has been really sick and will now miss at least half of his five-game week. With him out, Dwyane Wade should be the focal point while Denzel Valentine will look to build off the best game of his career. We'll see what happens with Rajon Rondo, but he likely earned minutes after a solid Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:33 am
  • Nikola Mirotic (illness) out for Thursday
    Nikola Mirotic (illness) will not play against the Knicks on Thursday.

    Advice: He flew back to Chicago because he is still sick. The Bulls actually played well considering they were missing most of their guys on Tuesday. Doug McDermott should still see most of the backup forward minutes while Bobby Portis could be in the rotation again. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:31 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 28 without an assist
    Kevin Durant hit 10-of-21 shots and three 3-pointers for 28 points, eight rebounds, zero assists, one steals and two blocks in Tuesday's 107-95 win over the Heat.

    Advice: This was his first game of the season without an assist, which was a complete fluke. Draymond Green had 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks in 36 minutes, as the Warriors easily handled the short-handed Heat tonight. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:19 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu grabs 15 rebounds in win
    Al-Farouq Aminu grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds with eight points in Tuesday's win over the Lakers.

    Advice: He also matched his season high in blocks (3), adding four assists and one triple in 29 minutes. Aminu is trending up and has played well in five straight games, averaging 11.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.2 blocks, 0.8 steals and 1.2 3-pointers in that span. He's now worth owning in standard leagues after a slow start to the season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:07 pm
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